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Ephesians 5:1-21

Be Imitators of God

2 and 2walk in love, just as Christ also 3loved you and 4gave Himself up for us, an 5offering and a sacrifice to God as a 6fragrant aroma.
3 But 7immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;
4 and there must be no 8filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which 9are not fitting, but rather 10giving of thanks.
5 For this you know with certainty, that 11no * immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom 12of Christ and God.
6 13Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things 14the wrath of God comes upon 15the sons of disobedience.
7 Therefore do not be 16partakers with them;
8 for 17you were formerly 18darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as 19children of Light
9 (for 20the fruit of the Light consists in all 21goodness and righteousness and truth ),
10 22trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.
13 But all things become visible 27when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.
14 For this reason it says, "28Awake, sleeper, And arise from 29the dead, And Christ 30will shine on you."
15 Therefore be careful * how you 31walk, not 32as unwise men but as wise,
16 33making the most of your time, because 34the days are evil.
17 So * then * do not be foolish, but 35understand what the will of the Lord is.
18 And 36do not get drunk with wine, for that is 37dissipation, but be 38filled with the Spirit,
20 44always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to 45God, even the Father;
21 46and be subject to one another in the 47fear of Christ.
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